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Published July 27, 2022 Updated July 31, 2022

Eneida

This pack was designed by Oksana Ternavska and first published in 2011 as a supplement to the book "Eneida", a poem written by Ivan Kotliarevsky in 1798.

2011 Ukraine Noir Arts Oksana Ternavska Cossack Kickstarter Literature Add to Collection

Eneida was first issued in 2011 in Ukraine, in Bridge format, as a supplement to the book "Eneida" – a poem written by Ivan Kotliarevsky in 1798. Eneida (Ukrainian for "Aeneid") is a mock-heroic poem considered to be the first literary work published wholly in the modern Ukrainian language.

Intended as a parody of Virgil's Aeneid, Kotliarevsky transformed the Trojan heroes into Zaporozhian Cossacks. Critics believe that it was written in the light of the destruction of Zaporizhian Host by the order of Catherine the Great. The poem was written during the formation of romanticism and nationalism in Europe. At that time, part of the Ukrainian elite was gripped by nostalgia for the Cossack state, which was liquidated by Russia in 1775–1786.

Eneida Playing Cards designed by Oksana Ternavska and first published in 2011 Eneida Playing Cards designed by Oksana Ternavska and first published in 2011

Above: Eneida Playing Cards designed by Oksana Ternavska from the 2018 edition produced via Kickstarter

Two versions were produced: a limited edition pack featuring English indices and a cheaper Ukrainian version using the Cyrillic alphabet for the court indices. While the cards in both packs display the same artwork the Ukrainian version features different artwork for the tuck box and backs. The names of each "Aeneid" poem characters are added on both languages - English and Ukrainian for every court card.

All illustrations (court cards and pip cards) are created from scratch by the Ukrainian artist Oksana Ternavska. Based in Kyiv she works not only on playing cards but also on book illustration. The pack was produced by NPCC (Noir Arts) in 2018.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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